Marc Femenia Photojournalist 0046-73 965 28 22

In Sweden it is not uncommon for asylum seekers to have to wait several years for the final resolution of their application. These long handling times cause deep stress and great emotional fatigue, leaving many in a fragile psychological state. This makes more difficult the process of integration into Swedish society that begins after obtaining the long-awaited residence permit.

Mimoza Selmonaj arrived in Sweden in 1998 from Kosovo. She did not flee the war, but her own family. They did not approve of the young man she had ran away with, and threatened to kill her. More than seven years later, she finally obtained the awaited residence permit. The difficult part seemed to be over. Now, the only thing to do was to establish herself in a new town, learn a new profession and integrate into a new society.